electroNic: "I always had the idea that I wanted to become an IGL someday"

Natus Vincere's in-game leader speaks out on his transition into his new roles and the possibility of replicating their BLAST-winning run in Cologne.

NAVI come into Cologne fresh off their run at the BLAST Premier Spring Final in Lisbon, where they managed to make it all the way to the top of the podium in their debut with Viktor "⁠sdy⁠" Orudzhev, who has been announced as being on trial with the Ukrainian-Russian squad.

While sdy was the player to take Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov's place, it was Denis "⁠electroNic⁠" Sharipov who became more of direct replacement for the captain, taking on the in-game leadership role for the first time in his career, and with that came several other changes in roles and positions.

Becoming an in-game leader wasn't a foreign idea to electroNic

To find out how he has managed to adapt to his new role, how NAVI made their new combination work so quickly in Lisbon, and whether they believe their form at BLAST is one they can replicate here in Cologne, we spoke with electroNic in an interview after Natus Vincere beat MOUZ in their opening match.

First of all, what was your initial reaction when you found out that the plan is for you to become the IGL?

First of all, it was sad to realize that the previous lineup, which went through a lot, fell apart at that moment. And the first days, I think, there were thoughts more about the fact that we lost the lineup that we had. And then, when I realized that I would need to be an IGL, I realized that I would need to do a lot of work to become a worthy contender at least.

Did you ever think you could become an IGL before this?

In general, I always had the idea that I wanted to become an IGL someday and try this, let's say, position or role in the game. I just didn't think it would happen so soon.

How much of a challenge has it been in reality to transition into the new role?

Well, first of all, IGL and calling in general depends primarily not on the captain, but on the players. And the way they would listen to the captain, whether he has authority, whether they want to follow him, even if it won't always be the most correct ideas. I think that the team is trying to help me as much as possible. So far, anyway, they have not fully gotten used to my style of play, style of calling, but I think we'll fix it as time goes on.

But Andrey (B1ad3) also helps me in calling, he tells me what things I need to say more so that the team feels better.

You've taken on a lot of the Boombl4 roles previously, opening up space a lot of the time on T side and changing a lot of positions. What about in terms of changing those roles, was it a challenge at all?

I don't think it was some kind of challenge for me. I am interested in learning new positions, and I’m not choosy for positions, for being an anchor or on rotation. If I am told to play a role, I will try to get the most out of this role. Whether I'm an anchor, lurker, entry fragger - it doesn't matter, even if it's a sniper role.

Would this role change always have happened, regardless of who came in as the fifth player? If you had had the chance to get someone more aggressive, perhaps, would you have kept more of your previous positions?

I think the more aggressive roles for T side would have remained anyway, because I need to control the whole team process, and I have to be in the center of the action. And it's hard to do that when you're on the other side of the map, you can't see what happens to the guys, and you cannot call. When you don't call, the team can't decide what to do and waits.

sdy has kept his spot for the season finale in Cologne

Things obviously went great in Lisbon when you debuted this new setup and with sdy, of course. Why do you think you made it work so quickly?

I don't know. It seems to me that everyone is just trying to be as useful as possible in the team and it's paying off.

Can you tell me your thoughts on sdy and how he has been fitting in? What are his strengths and weaknesses, and what do you think about him overall?

Well, I'll say that Vitya (sdy) is a good player who tries to analyze the game, he has a good aim. He needs to keep working, just like everyone else in the team should. And the more he works, the more he will draw from this experience and develop even faster.

There are a lot more teams here and pretty much all the big names. Do you think the run you had in Lisbon is replicable in Cologne?

As far as I remember, we did not set any goals at all for this tournament. It is clear that the goal is always to win. As a player, I always set a goal for myself to perform at the maximum, to show the best both individually and as a team. We'll see how far we'll go at this tournament.

Looking at how convincing you were in Lisbon, people see you as one of the big favorites for the tournament. Do you have that same confidence in yourself that this is the level that we can expect from NAVI more consistently?

To be honest, we have been coming to each tournament for probably two years as a favorite and everyone is expecting us to win. But I'll say that it is not so easy to do. For sure, there is no such confidence that we will come here and win this tournament, 100%. But we have confidence in our abilities. That is, we are confident, as a team and as individual players, that we can show a really cool result here, and we will do everything for this.

I mean, we didn't come here being certain that we're the main favorite. We just came with the certainty that we can fuck. Well, I don’t know how the boys view this, everyone has own opinion, but this is how I feel.

Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1085
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
Russia Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov
Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1306
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
Ukraine Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1087
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Best NAVI player of all time
2022-07-07 22:59
8 replies
#4
Maniac | 
Switzerland Xsara
I thought it was zeus?
2022-07-07 23:00
7 replies
Zeus/Edward/electronic did i miss any fraud?
2022-07-07 23:01
6 replies
probably flamie.
2022-07-07 23:03
1 reply
#56
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Slovakia dragerlpro
8/8
2022-07-08 00:27
markeloff hello?
2022-07-07 23:26
#32
Juli | 
Canada Yaokon
Also guardian nav1 always had some really fun rosters to watch
2022-07-07 23:31
No, its GOAT SEIZED
2022-07-07 23:41
1 reply
Bot seized
2022-07-08 01:00
not first
2022-07-07 22:59
1 reply
but our team is first <3 DAVAYE NAVI !!
2022-07-08 00:45
#3
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Poland Astoner55
Nice mr Electronic
2022-07-07 22:59
okay
2022-07-07 23:00
#6
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Romania Pecea
PAPATRONIC
2022-07-07 23:00
You are trying too hard to be gla1ve but Astralis owns you
2022-07-07 23:00
8 replies
#33
Juli | 
Canada Yaokon
Lmao
2022-07-07 23:32
#50
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United States dusq
do they own navi? i guess thats why theyre ten spots lower in the ranking :////
2022-07-08 00:21
1 reply
Perfect excuse, Astralis can’t win cuz that’d be conflict of interest
2022-07-08 08:02
Why would he try to be a finished player that cant do anything without zonic?!
2022-07-08 00:24
2 replies
Hello Police!! I want to report a murder
2022-07-08 02:38
+1
2022-07-08 07:58
Owned a 2v8 team, well done really
2022-07-08 01:53
Such a 0/8 xD clueless
2022-07-08 06:49
“We just came with the certainty that we can fuck” lmfao
2022-07-07 23:00
8 replies
LOL
2022-07-07 23:21
rofl:)
2022-07-07 23:59
lmao
2022-07-08 00:19
kkkkkkkkkkkkk chad papatronic
2022-07-08 01:47
Yea clearly not a child friendly website lol
2022-07-08 06:50
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2022-07-08 08:11
papa mindset
2022-07-08 08:44
ha
2022-07-10 13:15
PAPATRONIC !
2022-07-07 23:00
"We didn't come here being certain that we're the main favorite. We just came with the certainty that we can fuck" what???
2022-07-07 23:01
4 replies
#103
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Moldova nutel
lost in translation - "my mojem ebat' "
2022-07-08 09:07
3 replies
and what's the point of it in russian? we can "destroy"? or something like that?
2022-07-08 12:19
1 reply
#114
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Moldova nutel
yep
2022-07-08 13:11
I'd like to see original interview. Sounds weird to my ear.
2022-07-09 07:27
goated
2022-07-07 23:03
We didn't come here being certain that we're the main favorite. We just came with the certainty that we can "fuck" -Denis "⁠electroNic⁠" Sharipov
2022-07-07 23:04
1 reply
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2022-07-08 01:47
rip boomble
2022-07-07 23:04
We didn't come here being certain that we're the main favorite. We just came with the certainty that we can fuck golden quote
2022-07-07 23:06
2 replies
+1 we can certainly fuck hahaha. I wonder what was lost in translation xD
2022-07-08 08:31
1 reply
he meant "fuck everybody up", but you don't say that in Russian, you just say "fuck"
2022-07-08 09:07
#17
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Georgia endyyoo
I fucking love this man, 2 kids, a wife, had to relocate and he's still doing his damnedest! Gl elec and navi.
2022-07-07 23:12
2 replies
he has two kids?!? I thought he only has one daughter
2022-07-08 10:45
1 reply
#111
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Georgia endyyoo
Oh yeah, my bad. Idk why I thought he had 2 kids. I guess I just remembered incorrectly.
2022-07-08 11:50
We didn't come here being certain that we're the main favorite. We just came with the certainty that we can fuck
2022-07-07 23:12
#19
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United States kami917
We didn't come here being certain that we're the main favorite. We just came with the certainty that we can fuck fuck yeah
2022-07-07 23:12
I mean, we didn't come here being certain that we're the main favorite. We just came with the certainty that we can fuck. Fuck em elec
2022-07-07 23:14
" I mean, we didn't come here being certain that we're the main favorite. We just came with the certainty that we can fuck." - electroNic man has goat menntality
2022-07-07 23:16
#22
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El Salvador Bredalow
"i always had the idea i wanted to become igl someday" BS your igl got sacked and you became the scapegoat for the role :P
2022-07-07 23:19
5 replies
he'd already tried IGL role even before boom was gone (EPL13, even if it didn't go well)
2022-07-07 23:51
1 reply
+1
2022-07-08 02:41
“Scapegoat” winner of Blast Spring Final, yea, delusional Faze fanboys at it again xD keep it up
2022-07-08 06:51
Guy is mad that it only took electronic 1 tournament to be better than karrigan
2022-07-08 08:05
1 reply
lmao true
2022-07-08 11:41
least based electronic interview
2022-07-07 23:19
Legendary quote from one of the best riflers
2022-07-07 23:21
2 replies
#30
ropz | 
Slovakia nvrn06
+1
2022-07-07 23:26
*best rifler
2022-07-08 00:14
bot boombla out of the way. Now Navi is unstoppable.
2022-07-07 23:22
1 reply
0/8
2022-07-08 06:52
“We just came with the certainty that we can fuck." Said, electroNic
2022-07-07 23:23
#28
b1t | 
Russia dteakh
they just came with the certainty that they can fuck
2022-07-07 23:24
papatronic
2022-07-07 23:26
"We just came with the certainty that we can fuck." THE MAN THE MYTH THE LEGEND
2022-07-07 23:45
3 replies
Papatronic ready & want to give birth another child
2022-07-08 00:01
2 replies
And mow mouz is pregnant after today XD
2022-07-08 02:42
1 reply
That's why Cat'ian is waiting to taste new meat in next match Mouz vs Heroic xD
2022-07-08 08:30
#36
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Finland AliSabid
PAPATRONIC <3
2022-07-07 23:49
You are doing a good job papatronic
2022-07-07 23:50
#41
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Europe xrnavkha
We just came with the certainty we could fuck LMAO best quote
2022-07-08 00:00
A legendary player
2022-07-08 00:00
#44
ropz | 
Slovakia nvrn06
+1 legendary quote Boys Will Be Boys youtu.be/CyPvlqBL1po
2022-07-08 00:03
Will be the best there is
2022-07-08 00:10
top 3 igl atm
2022-07-08 00:18
damn what a goldne quote by elec. It will be ruined if he says that its a mistranslation
2022-07-08 00:19
1 reply
#116
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Russia selil
it is not a mistranslation if you translate it word by word, but it would have more sense to use destroy or smash. You can apply basically to any word of situation to describe differenr meanings with only couple of swearwords
2022-07-08 13:20
I want more english interviews with electronic, this one is hilarious xaxa
2022-07-08 00:22
Entrepreneurial Mindset by electronic right here
2022-07-08 00:25
#54
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Turkey Ch0p$1sh
Best quote i have ever heard
2022-07-08 00:26
#63
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Latvia pumasiK
We didn't come here being certain that we're the main favorite. We just came with the certainty that we can fuck Denis "⁠electroNic⁠" Sharipov
2022-07-08 00:55
Ahahahaha, nice, Elec, best of all!!
2022-07-08 01:43
"we can fuck” 😳
2022-07-08 01:54
1 reply
lol stop joking electronic.. unless??😳👉👈
2022-07-08 21:42
We just came with the certainty that we can fuck
2022-07-08 02:30
Great interview.
2022-07-08 02:31
You will be a great igl electronic !
2022-07-08 03:28
I wish i had the certainty that electronic has when it comes to fucking matters
2022-07-08 05:03
Goat
2022-07-08 05:14
Is there a recording of this interview
2022-07-08 06:46
1 reply
I wish. HLTV usually doesn't do video interviews unless it's a big win iirc.
2022-07-08 08:33
Just write “electronic” not “electroNic” he doesn’t use that anymore
2022-07-08 06:53
Go fuck em Papatronic! You got this captain!
2022-07-08 08:33
#105
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Poland dejmanOOO
Top1 igl atm
2022-07-08 10:26
How Electronic Really IGLs NaVi
2022-07-08 10:28
gigachad
2022-07-08 11:20
electronic=goat fraging igl
2022-07-08 11:44
All the best for you and your future Mr. electroNic im sure you are a very smart and good IGL
2022-07-08 11:51
gigachad elec
2022-07-08 13:20
#117
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Poland SebL
electroNic always was a smart player, so it doesn't surprise me that he is becoming an IGL, I also feel like it's nice next step in your career you know, all those stars of the past like apEX, NBK- etc., they all changed their roles so know that they aren't as fast and as precise they can contribute in other ways, and seems like the same is happening now for elec, the thing is though, he is still one of the absolute best in the world, and tbh., with how aggresive he has been lately, I think he is one of the best players in the world, TOP 5 for me, really incredible player. I really believe in this NAVI lineup, sdy seems like a great support player to pick, so now with sdy and Perfecto as your supportive elements, and elec as IGL I think b1t and s1mple will have so much space and just so much room to perform, I really believe in this NAVI. Lisbon probably was a honeymoon tournament, but when this roster stabilize and they sign sdy permanently, I think they can even go back to no.1, I mean, they should with FaZe kinda dropping off lately.
2022-07-08 14:04
#119
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Algeria Crashwow
Gl navi.
2022-07-08 15:01
*We just came with the certainty that we can fuck.* GIGACHADTRONIC
2022-07-08 15:08
My fav CIS playa 👍
2022-07-08 16:04
#125
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Iceland suriel666
"We just came with the certainty that we can fuck" ouhhyees papii
2022-07-09 01:23
#navination <3
2022-07-11 05:28
translation: I couldn't stand the fat man of the calls
2022-07-19 17:42
Eletronic Always showing why Navi needs him!!
2022-07-20 21:34
electronic is a love's person <3
2022-07-21 01:14
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